And he insisted he was “sure” Mr Johnson would stay at number 10 regardless of the consequences of the police investigation into the so-called “partygate” scandal. “I have full confidence that Boris will lead us into the next election,” Mr Dowden said. On Friday, the Metropolitan Police began issuing fines on Friday in connection with a “bring your own bottle” gathering in the number 10 garden on May 20, 2020, in which the Prime Minister attended.
Downing Street officials yesterday, Mr Johnson, who received a fixed fine of £ 50 for a birthday party in the cabinet room, has not received an additional fine for the garden party.
Asked about the prospect of more fines in the BBC’s Sunday Morning program, Mr Dowden said: “I think, in relation to these fines, we just have to let the police investigation happen.
“I think it’s a bit of a speculation to assume that more fines will be issued.”
Johnson has insisted to MPs that he thought it was a working event to thank the staff for their efforts during the pandemic.
Sir. Dowden also yesterday dismissed speculation about a vote of confidence in Mr Johnson’s leadership of the Tory party.
He said he did not “agree” with the predictions, a vote was imminent.
“I do not agree with that analysis, but again I think that all that kind of thing is starting to draw us more and more into speculations about what may or may not happen to the parliamentary party, what may or may not happen to the police investigation, “said the Tory chairman.
He added: “The way we draw a line below this is by focusing on the priorities of the British people right now; at a time when we have a national security crisis in Ukraine, it is important that we continue our efforts and the Prime Minister continues his leadership and has really been the leader of the Western world in tackling this crisis. “
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC that the prime minister’s authority had been “shot through” by the allegations surrounding him and his administration.
Sir Keir called Downing Street “probably the most fined workplace in the whole of the United Kingdom”, adding: “And we are not at the end of these fines yet.”
He claimed there was “no equivalence” between the allegations that he broke the rules during the pandemic while in Durham.
Sir Keir added: “I know that over 50 fines have been issued for what went on in Downing Street. It is extraordinary. It is probably the most fined workplace in the whole of Britain. And we are not at the end of These fines yet. ”
Cabinet Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg said yesterday that Mr Johnson was a “great leader” who had not lost public support.
The Minister for Brexit opportunities told GB News: “I do not think people lose faith in him, the Socialists do not like him, of course they do not, it is their job.
“You got Keir Starmer to drink a beer and Nicola Sturgeon did not wear a mask as she thought everyone else should, the police did not mind any of them but the Prime Minister has paid his fine”.
Rees-Mogg praised the Prime Minister for getting “so many of the decisions right” and “leading the world with regard to Ukraine”
He said Britain “came out of the lockdown earlier than other countries.
“Boris Johnson got those decisions right,” Rees-Mogg said.
“I think it’s by no means the most pressing political issue to talk about things that happened two years ago,” he added.
Asked if he still “definitely” supports the prime minister, Rees-Mogg said: “Of course he is a great man”.
MPs last week agreed that Mr Johnson should face a parliamentary inquiry into whether he misled the House of Commons when he previously dismissed allegations of breaches of the rule in Downing Street.
The Privileges Committee inquiry is due to begin after the Scotland Yard inquiry is completed.
Lib Dem deputy leader Daisy Cooper said: “Dowden is misled if he thinks the toxic cocktail of Boris Johnson’s illegal party and the cost of living crisis will not affect the Conservatives in the local elections.
“Boris Johnson has angered many lifelong Conservative voters around the country. Voters will not support a liar, they will certainly not support a criminal, and they feel more than ever taken for granted by the Conservative Party.”
Sir. Dowden admitted that next month’s town hall election will be “challenging” for the Tories.
“We are midway through, they want to be a challenging set of choices, but nonetheless, I think we have really good conservative councils that deliver for people up and down the country,” the Tory chairman said.